Classroom power dynamics directly influence how well students learn in a STEM classroom. This is especially true for historically marginalized and oppressed students. Democratic STEM teaching reconfigures traditional classroom power structures - whether in-person or online - through innovative, justice-oriented teaching practices that center students. Democratized STEM classrooms ensure that all learners master STEM in inclusive and response environments.
Student Voice | Transformational Authority | Critical STEM Literacy
STEM Ed Innovators is "by teachers, for teachers". We help teachers apply our Democratic STEM Teaching Framework to thorny problems of STEM classroom practice. The resultant innovations in STEM teaching - what we call "Windows Into STEM Classrooms" - become part of our public WIC library. Across the country, our research-backed and classroom-tested programs successfully transforming teaching practice in every grade and STEM content area.
Students' ideas and opinions are an integral part of growth and knowledge acquisition within a classroom.
1. democratic stem teaching FRamework
Teachers develop a conceptual understanding of Student Voice, Shared and Transformational Authority, and Critical STEM Literacy.
2. Empathetic instructional design
Teachers participate in a six module structured design process to develop innovative STEMocratic solutions to problems of practice in their STEM classrooms.
3. windows into stem classrooms
Teachers deliver public talks about their successful development of Democratic STEM Teaching practices, highlighting how their students will use STEM in service of a more just world.
4. stem ed innovators network
Teachers join a rich network of STEM Ed alumni dedicated to sustaining dialogue about Democratic STEM Teaching and recruiting promising new Fellows.